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FC Porto

FC Porto: A new dynamic

New coach, same players, different approach – this is the best way to describe FC Porto start to the 2017/18 season. The pre-season indicators were confirmed in the first official game, a resounding 4-0 home win over Estoril. Without new players so far (except some key returns from loan and the goalkeeper Vaná), the new coach, […]

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Manchester United

Rashford vs Lukaku – Different contributions to the game model

During the pre-season the teams sign new players and sell others. Since some players take longer to adapt to a new reality, coaches need to know if the new players are prepared for the specific demands of their game model. Let’s look, for example, at Rashford and Lukaku from Manchester United: one had a great performance last season (Rashford) and the other […]

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Fluminense FC

2016  was an emotional year for the “Tricolor” fans. After a terrible startup at Campeonato Carioca, with only 2 victories, a draw and 3 defeats, coach Eduardo Batista was dismissed from office on February 25. The experienced Levir Culpi replaced him, leading Fluminense to win the Primeira Liga 2016 in less than two months, a competition with clubs from Minas […]

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TSV 1860 München

With three official matches for TSV 1860 München, the Portuguese manager has 2 defeats and 1 victory, having being eliminated from the German Cup by the 3rd division sensation team, Lotte, that also left behind Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen. Despite the poor results so far, Vítor Pereira is a man of convictions, persisting on bringing […]

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AS Monaco – Offensive Process

Offensive Process “The French should be happy that he left, because now they have a league.” This was how José Mourinho referred to Zlatan Ibrahimovic departure from PSG and consequently, to the increased competitiveness within the French League. Leonardo Jardim´s Monaco has been taking advantage of this, being currently in 1st place with 48 points, and also, Lucie Favre’s […]

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Mapgies new life

Rafa Benítez is the major responsible for the excellent campaign of Newcastle after the ups and downs of 2015/2016 season. He initiated the season commanding Real Madrid in Champions League, that the Merengues won, but ended without avoiding the relegation of Magpies to the Championship. With only 10 games in the Premier League, the Spanish manager […]

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CROTONE, ITALY - OCTOBER 23:   Josè Maria Callejon (R) and Dries Mertens of Napoli celebrate the opening goal during the Serie A match between FC Crotone and SSC Napoli at Stadio Comunale Ezio Scida on October 23, 2016 in Crotone, Italy.  (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)

SSC Napoli – Game model

After giving Juventus a run for their money last season, expectations were high for Nápoles. Maurizio Sarri’s team dealt very well with the departure of their record-breaking striker Gonzalo Higuain and started the new season with the same offensive punch and beautifully played football. Arkadiuz Milik did his part to help Napoli fans to forget […]

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